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Crisis in Syria

U.S. denies targeting Syrian mosque in airstrike

Several suspected terrorists were killed Thursday when a U.S. airstrike hit an al Qaeda meeting in the Syrian province of Idlib, a senior military official told NBC News.

Some human rights activists and monitoring groups say the U.S. was also behind an airstrike that destroyed a mosque in the rebel-held village of al-Jinnah, killing at least 42 people. The military official told NBC News that there was a mosque about 50 feet or so from the al Qaeda meeting place, but the U.S. has photographic evidence showing that the mosque was never hit and is still intact. The official did admit it's possible someone else later hit or blew up the mosque.